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Cass Spies, Co-founder of Twisted Healthy Treats on the highs and lows of running a frozen dessert business

Cass Spies, Co-founder of Twisted Healthy Treats on the highs and lows of running a frozen dessert business

October 30, 2020

Welcome to episode #82 if this is the first time you’re tuning in, thank you so very much for being here, my name is Ram Castillo and this podcast explores the decision-making of people who have been exposed and are experienced in a particular expertise or specialisation. It is my deep belief that Giant living requires giant thinking and if you resonate with that, you might enjoy the portfolio of guests we’ve had on the show, from Kelly Slater, to Shark Tank Investors, to Olympians, to Musicians, to Designers / Creatives and leaders of all types.

Now, today’s guest is a food technologist and the Co-founder & Managing Director of Twisted Healthy Treats. A company that started back in 2009. Twisted are obsessed with creating Australia's best tasting frozen desserts that are actually good for you.


 

All their products are made from natural ingredients and are all Australian made and 100% Aussie owned. Her background is in large scale Project Management within the Financial Services industry, but always dreamed of having her own company ever since she was a child.

Fast forward 10 years, she is a mum of 3, Twisted now manufacture and sell take home tubs, multipacks and single serve cups to over 5000 outlets across Australia — including a national distribution deal with Woolworths and more recently Costco Australia and Coles Supermarkets.

They are also the ONLY 'ice cream style' product that is approved for sale in School Canteens by the Australian Government — 2 million Australian school kids enjoy Twisted yoghurt in their lunch break.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What to consider when entering the frozen dessert category
  • How to set yourself apart from the many health food brands available
  • The journey of how long it can take from ideation to first product in market – and the testing, iteration and validation involved
  • Pricing decisions and cost structures
  • Processes, prioritisation, managing and a whole heap more.

 

So if you’re someone that has some seriously giant aspirations – and are interested in the fusion of product innovation, food and running a business, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.

 

Alright, let’s get stuck in.

I present to you a woman that I very much admire and look up to … the warm-hearted, brave and resilient ... Cass Spies!

 


 

More on Cass can be found via the links below:

https://www.instagram.com/cassspies

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrstwisted

https://www.twistedhealthytreats.com.au

https://www.instagram.com/twistedhealthytreats

https://www.facebook.com/TwistedHealthyTreats

 

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Tom Ross and Michael Janda on designing businesses that put people at the heart and centre

Tom Ross and Michael Janda on designing businesses that put people at the heart and centre

September 25, 2020

Hey Giants, welcome to episode #81. Especially if this is the first time you’re tuning in – I appreciate you giving this show a listen. We have two guests today in one interview, it’s a double whammy! They are both co-hosts of a business podcast titled Biz Buds …


 

One of them is the Founder and CEO at Design Cuts, the highest-rated online marketplace for designers. Design Cuts helps their community of 550,000 members save money off the best digital resources to help their regular creative projects. He is also a podcaster of two shows (the other besides Biz Buds is titled The Honest Designers Show – and he loves mentoring fellow creatives to help them master their marketing. 

The other guest is an award-winning creative director, designer, and agency veteran. In 2002, he founded the creative agency Riser, which provided design and development services for clients including Disney, Google, Warner Bros., Fox, NBC, ABC, National Geographic and many other high-profile brands. He sold his agency in 2015 and now spends his time speaking, developing books, courses, and social media content to help creatives level-up. He is the author of a very popular book called “Burn Your Portfolio” and latest ... “The Psychology of Graphic Design Pricing.”

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to design a business that’s geared to succeed
  • Market penetration exploration and hypothesis validation
  • How to niche a business
  • Navigating effort vs outcome when it comes to revenue generating activities and plenty more.

 

So if you’re someone that’s interested in designing a business successfully, that puts people at the heart by solving real customer needs, but you’re not 100% sure where to start, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.

 

Alright, let’s get stuck in.

I present to you … the entrepreneurial A-team ... Michael Janda and Tom Ross!

 

 


 

More on Tom and Michael can be found via the links below:

https://www.instagram.com/tomrossmedia

https://www.instagram.com/morejanda

https://www.designcuts.com

https://tomross.co

http://michaeljanda.com

http://bizbudspodcast.com

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Michael Lane on building the world’s largest education seminar company through the currency of lifelong, authentic relationships

Michael Lane on building the world’s largest education seminar company through the currency of lifelong, authentic relationships

August 27, 2020

Giants, this is episode #80. Our guest today is a very successful Entrepreneur, specialising in the education space, having started and run 9 businesses, one of which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. His primary business is Success Resources. It’s the world's largest education seminar company. With over $1billion in sales through his businesses, he is considered an expert in the touring space having run more than 1400 events in the last 17 years. Hosting thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, Jay Shetty, Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Sir Richard Branson and many more.

 


 

Success Resources have staged and marketed world class events in the fields of management and leadership, sales and marketing, personal development and wealth creation to over 10 million participants in regions including: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, UK, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Italy, India, US and Canada. 

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he builds long-term partnerships with world-class thought leaders like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk and Grant Cardone

  • His non-traditional strategic approach when acquiring customers (of what he defines as an ‘unorthodox approach’ – that it’s not for everyone)

  • How he pursues new market verticals and expands to other regions

  • How to move from transactional relationships to transformational relationships

  • And all things scaling related.

 

So if you’re someone that’s interested in joint venture deals, partnerships and relationships – in the world of business and brand collaboration, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.

Alright, let’s get stuck in.

I present to you … the business building juggernaut ... Michael Lane!

 

 


 

More on Michael Lane can be found via the links below:

https://www.instagram.com/itsmichaellane

https://au.linkedin.com/in/itsmichaellane

https://success-resources.com.au

http://innovatordiaries.com/english/expert-in-touring-business-live-events-michael-lane

https://infinitygroupaustralia.com.au

 

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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

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Michael Bungay Stanier, world-renowned Coach on staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer

Michael Bungay Stanier, world-renowned Coach on staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer

July 13, 2020

Giants, welcome to episode #79. Our guest today is at the forefront of making coaching an everyday leadership behaviour. He’s the author of The Coaching Habit ... the best-selling coaching book of this century with over 700,000 copies sold and over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. His new book, The Advice Trap, focuses on what it takes to stay curious a little bit longer and tame your Advice Monster.

In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”. He is also the founder of Box of Crayons; a learning and development company that helps organisations transform from advice driven to curiosity-led.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to shift from advice-driven to curiosity-led
  • The importance of staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer
  • How to tame our ‘Advice Monster’
  • How people can influence their organisations culture
  • And his recommended ‘what’ based questions (there’s a bunch that he shares and they are powerful – you’ll be able to use them right away)

 

So if you’re someone that’s interested in being more coach-like, and putting curiosity at the heart of how you communicate, behave and lead, with a connectedness to business outcomes and individual growth, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.

Alright, let’s get stuck in.

I present to you … the highly-energetic, compelling and hyper-practical ... Michael Bungay Stanier!

 

 


 

More on Michael Bungay Stanier can be found via the links below:

 

https://www.instagram.com/mbs_works

https://linkedin.com/in/michaelbungaystanier

https://boxofcrayons.com

https://www.facebook.com/boxofcrayons.biz/

https://twitter.com/boxofcrayons

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Viola Brand; professional Artistic Cyclist, 2X European Champion and 3X World Championship Silver Medalist on fear, falling and overcoming

Viola Brand; professional Artistic Cyclist, 2X European Champion and 3X World Championship Silver Medalist on fear, falling and overcoming

June 24, 2020

Hello Giants, this is episode number #78. I have been on a little hiatus, took a personal break and intentionally slowed down to reflect and re-assess – on what was most important to me at this time, weighing up priorities, exploring where I wanted to make the most impact.

These are thoughts that once you unpack, can turn into a 1000 person party in your head. If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “where might my time and energy make the most impact and difference in the world?” it can be incredibly confronting – however, when you create the space … when you truly switch off and go inwards, when you dance and sit in that discomfort, meaningful dialogue does emerge. Pair that with insights, support and guidance from trusted peers, mentors and loved ones, greater clarity is within reach.

Speaking of fear, overcoming the uncomfortable, being brave and courageous, today’s guest is known for her presence in Artistic Cycling.


 

As of releasing this episode, she’s currently 25 going on 26 years old. She was a competitive athlete in Artistic Cycling between the years 2000-2020 (that’s right, she started when she was about 6 years old) and in 2010 (by the age of 16 onwards) was a member of the German national team.

Her greatest achievements in the sport have been the silver medal in 3 different occasions at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2019 as well as winning the European Championship, twice – one in 2012 and the other in 2018.

In February this year, 2020 she retired from the competition side of the sport, to focus on three areas; performing in shows, studying her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, and exposing Artistic Cycling through her Instagram platform (where she currently has over 370,000 followers) – you’ve got to take a look at her content yourself, it’s jaw dropping.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How she’s been able to sustain great interest in such a specific craft
  • Her relationship with fear and her response to fear
  • How her practice, training and risk mitigation looks like
  • The technical, mental, physical and creative aspects of the sport, and plenty more.

 

So if you’re someone that’s curious about designing a life towards peak performance and performing, then this episode is right up your alley.

A little side-note: something was up with my side of the mic that I only found out after the recording which caused a little bit of subtle static in moments. I apologise in advance for that, as it’s the first time I’ve encountered it and not the quality anyone should be listening to. I’m pretty devastated by this. That said, I learnt something new from the experience; in this case, the application software I was recording on needed to be updated. A small tip there for other podcasters to not make the same mistake I did!

Okay let’s do this. I present to you … the all-smiling, all-cycling, world-class athlete … Viola Brand!

 


 

More on Viola Brand can be found via the links below:

Violalovescycling.com

Instagram: @Violalovescycling

Ellen Welcomes World-Renowned Artistic Cyclist Viola Brand

Facebook.com/violalovescycling

 

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It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Q&A on getting ahead, managing a team, overcoming anxiety, being resourceful and getting new design clients

Q&A on getting ahead, managing a team, overcoming anxiety, being resourceful and getting new design clients

February 19, 2020

Giants welcome to episode #77 — a special, second solo Q&A episode with yours truly to kick start 2020. Questions submitted by you the listeners. I’ve curated the top 7 based on the most similar questions asked, and also the ones I felt would be the most widely useful or applicable.


 

To help you skip to the answer most relevant to you, as I know many of you are time poor, I’ll list all the questions out below.

 

The seven questions I’ve answered in order are:

Q1. Brittany:
Do you truly believe in the industry of graphic design that it’s all about who you know not what you know?

Q2. Carlos:
How do you manage different personalities in a design team successfully, the good and the bad?

Q3. Jessica:
How to overcome anxiety in a creative process when you start to develop your business or when you talk to clients, and to be confident in whatever you are doing?

Q4. Joy Phala:
Social media marketing related … I use LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to market my services ... and I’ll usually post pictures of completed projects. Now, that remains a very small pool of content to pull from. When I don’t have completed projects, what else would you like to see, as a potential customer or as a potential employer … What else would you like to see on my pages that would increase likability and build trust and eventually lead to a sale?

Q5. Keturah:
What are the best tips, tricks and advice you have for getting new clients within the design industry?

Q6. Richard:
What do you do as a designer when you have a set of goals, but to reach them you need some amount of resources and you don’t have those resources. What do you do in the meantime? What do you do to attain those goals?

Q7. Simona:
In your line of work, you’re constantly pushing the boundaries on design and on business, and I’m sure there are things that you’re not always 100% confident in – so could you talk us through your thought process on how to overcome those fears and how to get past them?

 

So they are the 7 questions I’ve attempted to answer. By all means take it with a grain of salt. It’s my two cents and subjective at the end of the day. But I do hope it’s helpful and if you’d like me to do more of these, let me know on Instagram via a DM to my handle: TheGiantThinker

 


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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

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It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

Kristina Karlsson, Founder of kikki.K, supporting one hundred and one million people to live their dream life

December 30, 2019

Giants, this is episode #76! Today’s guest is an enormous inspiration. She’s the Founder and Creative Director of kikki.K, the award winning, global Swedish design and stationery business that offers stylish gifts, seasonal collections, stationery (of course) and functional organising tools – all to inspire and empower people to live their best life. Currently, kikki.K has 102 stores, they are stocked in another 250, and sold online in over 147 countries worldwide..

 


 

Needless to say the growth of this brand is staggeringly impressive. What makes it so, is how kikki.K all started. Our guest wrote on a piece of paper – all her dreams at 3am one morning when she couldn’t sleep, she was 22 years old. That was the seed. And in this episode we uncover the entire origin story, which is a testament to the power of staying true to our own dreams.

Speaking of, since she emigrated to Australia from Sweden a couple of decades ago, it’s been her ambition to spread the power of dreaming big to the masses. So much so, she has set herself a target to inspire one hundred and one million people to write down three specific dreams, and to go chase after them.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Where she gets her inspiration to create the products that she releases
  • What factors have influenced her level of scale
  • Her self-care practices, including her 5am “holy hour”
  • What she’s learnt from being coached 1:1 by Robin Sharma.

So if you’re someone who also has big, bold ambitions but don’t know where to start, or perhaps there’s a voice inside you, nudging you that there’s something lacking, then this episode will be right up your alley.

I present to you … the endless dreamer and powerhouse doer … Kristina Karlsson!

 


 

More on Kristina Karlsson and kikki.K can be found via the links below:

Kikki-k.com

LinkedIn: Kristina Karlsson

kikki.K’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @kikkiK

Instagram: @kikki.k

Instagram: @kristinakikkik

Your Dream Life Starts Here

Axel Karlsson’s YouTube

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It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

James Victore on fecking perfuction, living bravely and creating boldly

James Victore on fecking perfuction, living bravely and creating boldly

December 10, 2019

Hello Giants, Ram here. This is episode #75! I’m so excited to introduce to you a creative thought leader who I’ve not only admired for the past decade, but is someone I’ve learned a lot from in the space of living bravely and creating boldly. He is a Designer, Author and Teacher, his philosophy is to “begin before your ready”. It’s helped him work for global brands like Adobe, MailChimp, Time, Moet & Chandon and The City of New York. To him, braveness is the key to creativity – and we unpack a lot of that in the interview.


 

His work has been exhibited twice at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in permanent museum collections worldwide including the Louvre in Paris. Awards to his name include an Emmy, a gold and silver medal from the Art Directors Club, and a Grand Prix from the Brno Biennale.

It’s now his mission to teach people like you and I how to illuminate our individual gifts in order to find clarity and purpose.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What to do when you’re in a creative slump
  • Ways to address any fears that hold you back
  • How to be your unapologetic self
  • And the need for more people to push and challenge.

So if you’re in a creative block, or looking to amplify what you’ve created, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to live a creative and fulfilling life.

I present to you … the wildly creative, thought-provoking and experimental… James Victore!

 


 

More on James Victore can be found via the links below:

JamesVictore.com

Twitter: @JamesVictore

Instagram: @JamesVictore

Feck Perfuction

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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

Tyler Babin, former Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk and current Adobe Creative Resident on ‘the climb’

September 20, 2019

Giants, this is episode #74! We’ve got a good friend of mine on the show. He and I live halfway across the world from each other. He’s based in New York, I’m in Sydney. We did this interview in LA. I’d describe him as an incredibly dedicated, super talented young gun. Currently aged 25, he’s already been a Creative for Gary Vaynerchuk, for Gary’s personal brand and numerous VaynerMedia projects. He worked side-by-side with Gary for over 3 years – specialising in videography, editing, art direction and design.

 


 

This year however, he received acceptance into the highly sought-after 2019 Adobe Creative Residency program. It’s an enormously rare opportunity. Allowing him to spend a year, full-time on a personal creative project, while sharing his experience and process with the entire global creative community.

We unpack his journey to date, which is a testament to the power of going all in on your passion. Including how he landed his dream job with Gary, his humble beginnings, and what he’s up to now.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The one item he can’t travel without
  • Practical advice on having mentors around you like Gary Vee
  • The tactics he practises to overcome imposter syndrome
  • How the Adobe Creative Residency program defines creative success, and plenty more.

So if you’re unsure where to take your career, or if you’re facing a creative block, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to go after your creative pursuits.

I present to you … the always moving, hyper-curious, creative storyteller … Tyler Babin!

 


 

More on Tyler Babin can be found via the links below:

TylerBabin.com

The Adobe Creative Residency

GaryVaynerchuk.com


LinkedIn: Tyler Babin


Twitter: @Tyler_Babin


Instagram: @babin


YouTube: @babin

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Want to know the most productive tool that has helped me accelerate my progress?

It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

It’s a physical journal that gives you a positive quote, followed by three questions you answer in the morning and two questions to answer in the evening before bed.

It basically anchors your mind in a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

 

 

Chris Zumwalt, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, on being a Servant Leader

Chris Zumwalt, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, on being a Servant Leader

August 29, 2019

Giants, this is episode #73! Today we have the CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, which is the #1 ranked experience in Australia. To date, over 4 million people from more than 140 countries have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge since 1998, including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Jamie Oliver. Previously, our guest was the CEO of Scenic World Blue Mountains where he served a 10-year tenure.


 

His formal studies include a Bachelor's degree in Business, Management and Marketing – plus a Master’s in Information and Communication Sciences – both at Ball State University, Indiana.

He is a man of many layers, including being a servant leader that specialises in creating world-class cultures and building exceptional iconic experiences. He believes the heart of all business is people and that his role is to create a space where people can be the best version of themselves.

One of the things that really got me was when he said that “in order to truly know and lead a person you have to know their pain”. Personally, the conversation we had reminded me that – excelling in our careers and reaching ambitious goals, takes a tonne of inner-work – and requires showing up with an open heart and open mind when working with others.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The most unexpected thing that’s happened on the bridge during a climb
  • Setting up people in your company to be the best version of themselves
  • What ‘building exceptional iconic experiences’ means to him
  • What servant leadership is, and what we can learn from it.

 

So if you’d like to improve your leadership skills, or hear answers to some of the bigger questions, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an empathic, courageous leader.

I present to you … the high-climbing, multi-layered, truth-seeker … Chris Zumwalt!

 


 

More on Chris can be found via the links below:

LinkedIn: Chris Zumwalt

BridgeClimb Sydney

Scenic World

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Stephanie Rice, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 x World Record Holder unpacks the champion’s mindset

Stephanie Rice, 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 x World Record Holder unpacks the champion’s mindset

July 28, 2019

Welcome to episode #72! Today’s guest is a household name. She’s a 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 time World Record Holder. She’s even been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. When she was a full-time competitor, her rigorous training involved over 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, swimming 3,000 km a year – so we have front row seats to hearing from an elite athlete about physical fitness and mental toughness.

Now as a retired athlete, she dedicates her time in entrepreneurship, mentorship, speaking engagements and supporting other swimmers through her courses and programs.



Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her top 5 vegan ingredient staples
  • Her self-talk prior to big races like the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Tools and systems that kept her accountable for high-level training
  • Her tips for breathing, strokes and leg kicks for non-confident swimmers — and we chat about plenty more.

 

So if you’re interested in having the mindset of a pro athlete and keen to implement that into your career — or your own brand or business, then this is for you, as we uncover what it takes to succeed like an Olympic Champion.

 

I present to you … the super friendly, humble and determined … Stephanie Rice!

 


 

More on Stephanie can be found via the links below:

StephanieRice.com.au

Stephanie’s Swim Squad Programs

LinkedIn: Stephanie Rice

Stephanie’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @ItsStephRice

Instagram: @itsstephrice

Stephanie’s LinkedIn Article

The Art of Wellness

Magical Mentoring

 

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Reynold Poernomo, former top 4 MasterChef Australia contestant and Chef on running a creative food empire

Reynold Poernomo, former top 4 MasterChef Australia contestant and Chef on running a creative food empire

June 28, 2019

Today, we have someone super special. He’s been a top 4 contestant on MasterChef Australia’s Season 7 (in 2015 – where at the time he was only 20 years old) and he’s the Co-Founder of multiple family-run restaurants – including KOI Dessert Bar & Dining and Monkey’s Corner. He’s often been referred to as Sydney’s "dessert king" but his abilities span well beyond sweets and into the savoury. He’s been featured multiple times in the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Good Food, News.com.au and Vogue Australia. If you’ve ever tried his creations you’ll feel his passion for taking people on a journey through taste, texture and visual theatre.


 

A part of his story I’m excited for you all to hear is his humble beginnings which isn’t widely known or told. He emigrated from Indonesia to Sydney with his family when he was just 4 years old. The food and restaurant empire actually started in their family garage where his mother started operations with only $300 to support them. Through his story you’ll see why he’s a firm believer in keeping a firm grip of your dreams.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His top 3 dishes under $30
  • His advice for those looking to audition for MasterChef
  • What makes a successful family-run business
  • Practical business tips he’s learned along the way
  • And his creative process

 

So if you’re thinking about running a creative business, or just love cooking and quality food, then this is for you.

I present to you … the always moving, hardworking, creative visionary … Reynold Poernomo!

 


 

More on Reynold can be found via the links below:

KOIDessertBar.com.au

MonkeysCorner.com.au

Reynold’s Facebook Page

Reynold’s LinkedIn

Instagram: @reynoldpoer

 

Links to some of Reynold’s favourite places to eat in Sydney:

Mr Crackles

Ichibandori

Gumshara

 

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Jacob Cass, Founder of JUST Creative on his design process, income through blogging and travelling the world for 3 years

Jacob Cass, Founder of JUST Creative on his design process, income through blogging and travelling the world for 3 years

May 21, 2019

Giants, this is episode #70! Today I’m joined by one of the world’s top Graphic Designers; specialising in branding and logo design. Our guest has had over 15 years design experience, has spoken at TEDx, been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and has been awarded LinkedIn’s exclusive “Best of 2017” for graphic design. With over 50 million views across his popular design blog, JUST Creative – which doubles as his award-winning graphic design and branding firm. Our guest has also worked across the globe – in New York, Sweden, Sydney and has travelled to 86 countries.

 


 

His portfolio includes clients such as Disney, Nintendo, Coca-Cola, Jerry Seinfeld and hundreds more. Graduating from The University of Newcastle, Australia, with a Bachelor of Visual Communication; for him design is a lifelong journey of continuously honing his craft, as well as educating other fellow designers to build on theirs.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Introvert-proof ways to network
  • How to grow and generate passive income through blogging
  • How he financially sustained travelling for three years with his wife
  • What the future looks like for brand and logo design

 

So if you’re thinking about becoming a graphic designer, or looking at how to best position yourself in the marketplace, then this is for you – as we uncover what it takes to put yourself out there.

I present to you … the curious, humble and dedicated … Jacob Cass!

 


 

More on Jacob can be found via the links below:

JustCreative.com

JustGlobetrotting.com

LinkedIn: Jacob Cass

Jacob’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @justcreative

Instagram: @justcreative

Jacob’s Dribble

Jacob’s YouTube

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Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice on building one of the biggest juice bar businesses in the world

Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice on building one of the biggest juice bar businesses in the world

April 25, 2019

Giants, this is episode #69! Our guest is the Founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo – the parent company of Boost Juice, as well as Salsa’s Fresh Mex, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers. She’s also an Australian Shark Tank Investor, Author and mother of four children.

 


 

It all started with her vision of getting more fruit and veggies in people’s diet and – loving life along the way – which is now a reality, with over 2 million smoothies and juices sold every month. Boost Juice has more outlets in more countries than any other juice bar in the world.

She also has a long list of awards to her name including BRW naming her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years.

In total, her businesses span across over 650 stores worldwide, so it’s no surprise that as a Shark Tank investor, she can quickly pinpoint the difference between a good business – versus a great one. Part of her unique philosophy is that it’s not necessarily about “being better” – rather, it’s about “being different”.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Her epic “go-to” concoction that she makes each morning
  • What she learnt from backpacking for over seven years
  • The sacrifices involved when starting a business
  • Having an ‘always learning’ appetite and mindset
  • And the ‘BBQ Test’ she uses to inform and grow her business.

 

So if you’re looking to learn from a powerhouse businesswoman, who’s worn all the hats, has weathered many storms and has more proof in the pudding than most entrepreneurs I’ve ever met, then this is for you.

I present to you … the opportunistic, out-of-the-box thinking, power mum and business giant … Janine Allis!

 


 

More on Janine can be found via the links below:

JanineAllis.com.au

BoostJuice.com.au

RetailZoo.com.au

LinkedIn: JanineAllis

Twitter: @Janineboost

Instagram: @Janine_Allis

The Accidental Entrepreneur

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Kevin O’Leary, aka Money Expert Mr. Wonderful and Shark Tank USA Investor on succeeding as an entrepreneur

Kevin O’Leary, aka Money Expert Mr. Wonderful and Shark Tank USA Investor on succeeding as an entrepreneur

March 24, 2019

Giants, Ram Castillo here. This is episode #68! Today’s guest is a Canadian businessman, author and TV personality from Shark Tank USA. He co-founded the technology firm SoftKey – which was later acquired for more than $4 billion dollars. He has since launched O’Leary Funds (an investment fund company), O’Leary Fine Wines – and a best-selling book series on financial literacy which covers everything you need to know about making, saving, and growing money. He’s even stepped his foot into the world of politics (which we briefly talk about).


 

He has a current investment portfolio of 29 companies (possibly more from when I interviewed him 2 months ago to now). He first learnt about entrepreneurship at a young age after his step-father advised him to not become a full-time photographer – a story I won’t spoil as our guest delivers it so well. And now he is on a mission to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs to truly succeed.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • The common mistakes he sees people aged 20 - 35 make with their money
  • His advice for going ‘all in’ professionally in your creative craft
  • The best and worst investments he has made
  • The three common attributes all successful pitches have on Shark Tank

 

So if you’re thinking about making a success out of your creative craft – or are looking for ways to grow your financial freedom through running a business, then this is for you – as we uncover what truly makes an entrepreneur successful.

I present to you … the brutally honest, relentless and generous … Kevin O’Leary!

 


 

More on Kevin can be found via the links below:

KevinOleary.com

LinkedIn: Kevin O’Leary 

Kevin’s Facebook Page 

Twitter: @KevinOlearyTV 

Instagram: @KevinOlearyTV 

Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids, and Money 

The Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money 

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Cesar Santos, Cuban-American portrait painter on making a living as an artist

Cesar Santos, Cuban-American portrait painter on making a living as an artist

February 28, 2019

Giants, this is episode #67! Today’s guest is a contemporary Cuban-American artist and portrait painter, best known for his ‘Syncretism’, a term he coined in 2011 to describe paintings where he presents two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance. His work harmonises both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within each painting.


 

When he moved to America with his family aged 12, he got the real taste for the American Dream: “The worst thing that could happen in America was always a luxury in comparison to the Cuban lifestyle” (where he’s originally from).

He studied at the Miami Dade College, then attended the New World School of the Arts for a period of time and even relocated to Florence for further painting education. The artist has received numerous accolades around the world, including the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award at the Academy of Realist Art Boston, First Prize at the Grand Central Academy Portrait Competition, The Hall of Fame Award at Miami Dade College and First Place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • Advice for people wanting to make a living as an artist
  • How his physical activity feeds in with his life as a painter
  • The role of an artist in the age of technology
  • And the business side of being a painter.

 

So if you’re thinking about becoming a full-time artist, or looking for ways to channel your creativity, then this is for you – as we uncover what makes an artist thrive.

I present to you … the always curious, open-minded, grounded … Cesar Santos!

 


 

More on Cesar can be found via the links below:

SantoCesar.com

Cesar’s YouTube Channel 


Instagram: @santocesart

Twitter: @SantocesArt

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John Wayne Parr, 10-time World Muay Thai Champion on having a winners mindset

John Wayne Parr, 10-time World Muay Thai Champion on having a winners mindset

January 25, 2019

G’day Giants, welcome to episode #66! Our guest today is a 10-time World Muay Thai Champion. He’s also a former Australian middleweight boxing champion, professional Kickboxer and Owner of Boonchu gym located in the Gold Coast, Queensland. He was the runner up on The Contender Asia, and the first Australian to fight at the Thai King’s birthday.


 

For extra context, he started Taekwondo at the age of 11 before moving onto Muay Thai at the age of 13. He’s grown a career from this passion, travels the world competing in professional matches, and all while running his Gym. . Now aged 42, “the passion has never worn off” – and he still fights professionally today.

His mindset is to “concentrate on your own strength, not your opponent’s strength” . Having fought in front of 100,000 spectators, received 335 stitches to his face to date and fought in 145 career fights – this man’s drive is intoxicating . We learn how much of his outer strength comes from inner strength.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What he believes is the Winner’s Mindset
  • The importance of creativity in competition fighting
  • How to stay focused in a high-pressured environment
  • And his secret to his longevity of being an athlete.

 

So if you’re chasing your dreams, need a reminder of what’s at stake, and want to grow your self belief, your discipline and your winners mindset – then this is for you.

Alrighty, let’s dive straight in.

I present to you … the always smiling, dedicated and humble … John Wayne Parr.

 


 

More on John can be found via the links below:

JPW’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @johnwayneparr

Instagram: @johnwayneparr

Boonchu Gym

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Q&A on cultivating what’s important, starting a podcast, managing anxiety when public speaking and the money conversation

Q&A on cultivating what’s important, starting a podcast, managing anxiety when public speaking and the money conversation

December 31, 2018

Giants welcome to episode #65 — a special, first ever solo Q&A episode with yours truly to end 2018. Questions submitted by you the listeners. I’ve curated the top 8 based on the most similar questions asked, and also the ones I felt would be the most widely useful or applicable.


 

To help you skip to the answer most relevant to you, as I know many of you are time poor, I’ll list all the questions out below.

 

The eight questions I’ve answered in order are:

Q1. Any recommendations for working out what is truly important to each of us?

Q2. Would you stay in a smaller job market to keep your relationship, or venture out on your own?

Q3. Any advice for starting one's own podcast?

Q4. What is your go-to breakfast?

Q5. I often get anxious when speaking in public. Do you have any advice for overcoming this?

Q6. The money conversation with clients always scares me. I’m scared if I charge what I really want, they’ll say no and I won’t get their business at all, but if I charge too low that becomes the expected fee moving forward. What can I do to break this cycle?

Q7. With the vast number of interviews you’ve been able to do, have you seen a common thread in responses from interviewees?

Q8. How do you manage pursuing creative or entrepreneurial goals while keeping up with personal commitments?

 

So they are the 8 questions I’ve attempted to answer. By all means take it with a grain of salt. It’s my two cents and subjective at the end of the day. But I do hope it’s helpful and if you’d like me to do more of these, let me know on Instagram via a DM to my handle: TheGiantThinker

 


 

Resources mentioned can be found via the links below:

Ep 59 – Blair Enns: Founder of Win Without Pitching on pricing creativity and how to best position our value.

Ep 7 – Andrew Hoyne: The definition of value, having the ‘money’ conversation and the importance of being future-focused.

Win Without Pitching

Pricing Creativity Book

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Naomi Simson, Shark Tank investor and Founder of RedBalloon on what makes a standout entrepreneur

Naomi Simson, Shark Tank investor and Founder of RedBalloon on what makes a standout entrepreneur

December 4, 2018

Giants, this is episode #64! Our guest today is one of Shark Tank Australia’s well-known investors on the hit TV show Shark Tank. She’s also the Founder of the online experience gift retailer; RedBalloon, plus Co-Founder of the parent company Big Red Group.


 

With only $25K in 2001 she started RedBalloon with a second-hand computer in her front room. Prior to that, she worked for massive brands including IBM, Apple and KPMG.

If you follow her you may have even read her top-selling books; ‘Live What You Love’ is one, ‘Ready To Soar’ is another – or have read her blog posts … on LinkedIn alone – where she writes a ton of high value articles, she has over 2.7 million followers.

As she continues to pioneer the gifting experiences of Australia and NZ, she stands true to her motto “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me”. Awards to her name include 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • What makes a standout pitch
  • The impact of speaking clearly, simply and directly
  • How Shark Tank spreads innovation
  • Why blockchain technology and AI will be the main digital disruptors over the next few years.

 

So if you’re thinking about setting up a business, or at a crossroads on your entrepreneurial journey, then this is for you as we uncover what makes a business owner truly thrive.

I present to you … the highly driven, powerful and passionate … Naomi Simson!

 


 

More on Naomi can be found via the links below:

NaomiSimson.com
RedBalloon.com
LinkedIn: Naomi Simson
Naomi’s Facebook Page
Twitter: @NaomiSimson
Instagram: @NaomiSimson
Ready to Soar
Live What You Love

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Dale Partridge, serial entrepreneur on evaluating our purpose, seeking our truth and creating businesses you believe in

Dale Partridge, serial entrepreneur on evaluating our purpose, seeking our truth and creating businesses you believe in

November 10, 2018

Giants, welcome to episode #63! Today’s guest has launched over half a dozen multi-million dollar companies. From a rock-climbing gym to a conference company to a branding agency and a highly successful e-commerce business. In the last few years, he’s shifted his mission from starting companies to teaching others how to start theirs. To help people create the business and family they love. Empowering people to chase their dreams and fulfil their purpose.


 

He’s been featured in publications including the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox News, NBC, INC Magazine, Mashable and Forbes. Now more than ever, he’s widely known as an online thought leader on faith, family, and marriage.

 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • His journey in creating these multi-million dollar companies such as Sevenly and StartUp Camp
  • The ups and downs of running a business
  • The importance of looking in the mirror when things go bad and looking out the window when things go good
  • Lessons on leadership
  • Constantly evaluating our purpose
  • And seeking our own truth.

 

This episode has a mixed bag of goodies, so if you’re interested in the intersections of capitalist philanthropy, entrepreneurship and purpose – then this is for you.

I present to you … the highly passionate, inspiring, action-taking juggernaut … Dale Partridge!

 


 

More on Dale can be found via the links below:

https://dalepartridge.com

https://relearnchurch.org

https://ultimatemarriage.com

Dale's Facebook page

Twitter: @dalepartridge

Instagram: @dalepartridge

Dale's Youtube Channel

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It’s the Five-Minute Journal; the simplest, most effective thing you can do everyday to be happier.

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It basically anchors your mind into a positively focused, intentional and grateful mindset, in less than 5 minutes a day. Grab yours here: GiantThinkers.com/fiveminutejournal

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